Hailing from a rural agriculture family, he rose to the exalted
ranks of the most ornamented artiste, successful producer of purposeful
films, eloquent representative of the people and the founder of
a chain of prestigious educational institutions in the backward
area of Rayalaseema, Andhra Pradesh by dint of his hardwork, dedication
victim of casteism in his early professional life, he took a vow
to strive hard for a casteless, egalitarian society. As the founder
- chairman of 'Sree Vidyaniketan Educational Institutions' he saw
to it that 25% of seats are offered to students of economically
poor backward classes, free education and boarding are provided
to them. 'Freedom from want is the real freedom' he says and helps
the poor and downtrodden in the hour of need. When people were struck
with cyclone and other natural calamities, he rushes to the area
of devastation with medicines, food, utensils and of course money.
A committed artiste like his dear 'Anna' N.T.R. he donated liberally
to various welfare measures to a tune of nearly 50 lakhs from his
can say his childhood was a well-stocked case of merriment. Stage
and playgrounds fascinated him to a greater degree than a scholastic
work. A chilly moonlight evinced a moderate gathering, where a stage
was set to perform a 'Gypsy's' Character by a lad of hardly fourteen
years, whose hands were all tremble, criss-crossing eyes unmasking
shyness and fearfulness, stood on the dais, laying open to the public
view the uncanny, natural and prolific abilities of a debutant,
that stunned the spectators, fore speaking the fact that the talents
of a gifted artiste were on footing. His father, a school Headmaster,
wanted him to study hard and soar high in studies. But our hero
had other plans in his mind. After finishing his graduation, he
left to Madras to try his luck in films. But, he landed up in the
YMCA College of physical education as a physical instructor. He
worked hard and paved a small way into the film industry as an Assistant
director. But even then no one were willing to take our hero know
for his straight forwardness under their wings.
The glamour of
tinsel world mesmerized him. A merge salary of Rs.50 per movie as
an assistant director way back in mid-seventies was no way covering
his needs. His hunger-pangs were urging him to pole-vault against
the order side of the camera. No producer worth his guts were willing
to bet this money on this six-foot hunk known for his brash style.
Watching others get roles to play made things worsen for our hero
morally. But success is made of sterner stuff and greater determination.
He kept trying, not quitting for he knew winners never quit, quitters
never win. Then at last he came under the wings of Dr. Dasari Narayana
rao. More often than illustrious men had a laborious past. Our hero
is no exception. So came a break for our hero in first movie "Swargam
Narakam" directed by his guru Dr. Dasari. He was then just
Bhaktavatsalam Naidu, christened by his parents, rechristened as
Mohan Babu by his Guru. And this set him on an onward, never look
back voyage of discovery. Well, he didn't want just in Telugu so
he gave a hand even in Tamil. 'Chevalier' Sivaji Ganesan had initiated
him into Tamil movies and now our hero has 20 Tamil movies to his
to date out hero has done 500 movies in short span of 25 years in
this film industry. He proved one and all that he could dwell in
any role of his choice, be it comedian, Hero, Villain, Character
artiste, you name it and he's got the guts to do them all in the
picture perfect scene. He has donned more than 80 pictures as a
Hero. His unique and wonderful way of orchestration of dialogue
cast in the classic mould of non-acting genre making him the darling
of masses, the real admirers.
a producer his first film was "Pratignya" which was a
super hit in the year '82. He has made more than 30 films till date.
Mention here should be made of his 'Pedarayudhu' which cast him
in a dual role had set records of sorts in the 70 year old long
history of south Indian cinema, a record still unfazed. His 'Major
Chandrakanth' the Magnum opus is a tribute to his dear Anna Dr.
NTR. The relationship shared by our hero and Dr. NTR was something,
which everyone envied of. They were like two brothers inseparable.
Major Chandrakanth was NTR's last social picture.
His beloved brother Dr. NTR with his blessings in 1995 elected our
hero for the Member of Parliament for Rajya Sabha. He was elected
for Rajya Sabha, hoping he could help people even better and expand
his services. He lived up much more than their hopes. With his spirit
of sacrifice and the power of action besides the mass following
he had. Our Hero won many awards for the best artiste from the press,
Cultural organizations, Screen, Film fare and many others. All the
awards as the 'Best Artiste may be numerable, but the real love
and the titles as the 'Collection king' and 'Nata Prapoona' from
the people of Andhra Pradesh are measureless, even if they are just
a couple of them. A special mention should be made about his picture
Pedarayudhu for which he bagged 12 'Best Actor' Awards and 5 Best
hero was awarded by the University Of California with a 'Doctorate'
for his outstanding achievements in the field of films and education.
The 75 years old Writers Guild Of Canada awarded him with an honorary
membership for his contribution in the field of story writing. He
was made the deputy member for the International Parliament for
Safety And Peace, U.S.A in due recognition in his achievements in
the field of Education. The Glory of India International Award,
which was awarded to Mother Teresa, was also awarded to him for
the same. These are a few eloquent symbols of his mighty achievements
as an artiste and as a Man. And he continues to press through frontier
after frontier year after year. For our hero believes in not going
where the path leads but instead wants to go where there is no path
and leave a trail for deep within the wisdom of uncertainty lies
the real zeal of life.